accroach

transitive verb

ac·​croach
əˈkrōch,
aˈ-
-ed/-ing/-es
: assume, appropriate, usurp
accroach to themselves royal powerWilliam Stubbs

Word History

Etymology

Middle English acrochen to draw, acquire, from Middle French acrochier, from a- (from Latin ad-) + crochier to hook, get hold of, from croc hook, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse krōkr hook

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accroach was in the 14th century

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“Accroach.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accroach. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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